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Nalin Gupta


Chief, Pediatric Neurological Surgery, San Francisco
Pediatric neurosurgeon
West Coast enthusiast

Dr. Nalin Gupta, chief of pediatric neurological surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, is an expert in the evaluation and surgical management of neurological disorders in children, including epilepsy, brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and cranial and spinal birth defects.

Gupta's primary research focuses on the role of inflammation in brain tumor progression. He is a principal investigator of the Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF. He also is involved in national clinical studies of brain tumors and the effectiveness of fetal surgery for spina bifida.

Gupta earned his medical degree and completed residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. He also has a doctorate in biophysics from UCSF. He served as an attending neurosurgeon at the University of Chicago before coming to UCSF.

  • Education

    UCSF, Graduate Group in Biophysics, 1996

    University of Toronto School of Medicine, 1987

  • Residencies

    University of Toronto Hospital, Neurosurgery, 1997

  • Fellowships

    Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Pediatric Neurosurgery, 1998

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title


"You have to be empathic about what that [patient] and family are going through."

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    134 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 27, 2023
    We love Dr Gupta! Hands down the best!
    Jun 05, 2023
    It was a very informative and eye opening experience.
    Apr 24, 2023
    Thank you to Dr. Gupta for generously sharing his expertise & time with us! We are grateful for his experience and opinion. Thank you for always taking the time to explain everything to us.
    Apr 10, 2023
    Mar 28, 2023
    Absolutely loved him!
    Mar 27, 2023
    I couldn't be more happy with my sons care providers
    Mar 10, 2023
    The best and most informative and great listening physician I have ever encountered!
    Mar 06, 2023
    Total trust in his decisions
    Dec 12, 2022
    Very intelligent with a caring touch
    Jun 13, 2022
    Thank you, times infinity!
    May 18, 2022
    It wasn't a stressful experience, the process was very good.
    Apr 11, 2022
    Thank you!
    Feb 28, 2022
    Thank you
    Jan 24, 2022
    I had a good experience with the provider which overall made the appointment a success.
    Nov 29, 2021
    I typically avoid going to the city and a busy academic health center. The Benioff medical center has streamlined services such as an affordable valet, timely diagnostic services, reasonable cafe.
    Sep 27, 2021
    He takes the time to answer all my concerns about my son condition.
    Aug 30, 2021
    They took great care of us, they had a lot of patience with the girl.
    I always put the kids first.
    Decorative Caduceus

    A Single-Stage, Adaptive, Open-label, Dose Escalation Safety and Efficacy Study of AADC Deficie...

    Assessment of adverse events related to surgery (including intracerebral hemorrhage or stroke, CNS infection) and gene transfer (including severity of post-operative dyskinesia)


    My work

    Experimental gene therapy helps kids

    As part of a clinical trial, Dr. Gupta and other doctors performed surgery on children with AADC, a rare genetic disorder. The procedure helped improve their sleep and movement.